For more Service-Learning Curricula check out: www.dosomething.org/oldpeople/Lesson 1: What is Civic Action?Goal:Students will learn about why people get involved in effecting change in their communities. Standards: English Reading Standard 5:Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading processEnglish Listening Standard 8:Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes Process:1.
Start the unit by playing the song “Where is the Love?” by the Black-Eyed Peas. Ask studentsto discuss the purpose of the song. What kinds of problems are discussed?2. Introduce students to
by describing how the unit will focus on learning strategies to becomemore active members in their community and get their voice heard about political matters. Tell studentsthat for each day of this unit, they will look at a different method of civic engagement.3. Have students brainstorm a list of various problems in their community (school or larger community) thatthey care about. Bring in newspapers or have students look online for topics that they feel they want tolearn more about.4. Create a large class list of potential topics. Have students put a plus sign next to an issue in which theyhave already been active. Discuss what kinds of actions students have done and how this was a type of civic engagement.5.
: Read and discuss the following quote by the famous British Politician Edmund Burke. “The onlything necessary of the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.”6. Discuss common reasons why people are not civically engaged (lack of knowledge, lack of time, notknowing what to do, feeling that they cannot make a difference, mistrust of politicians, etc.) Ask studentswhat the result of civic disengagement of their generation might be?7. Tell students that you will be tackling two of the most common reasons people do not become engaged incivic action, lack of knowledge about a topic and not knowing what to do to make a difference.8. Have students divide into
based on interest. Each day, students will learn more about their topic of choice and engage in variety of types of civic action.9.
For the initial meeting, you should have students write and discuss why they care about thistopic with the other members in their group. What do they want to change? Why? Students should fill in thefirst two columns of a K-W-L chart (that investigates their prior knowledge about the subject and what theywould like to learn).